NEPAD to drive fisheries and aquaculture in Africa

Mnena Iyorkegh

As part of efforts geared towards the promotion of fisheries and aquaculture, with regards to its management, trade and processes of certification in the Gulf of Guinea, organisers of the ongoing Summit on Fisheries and Aquaculture, NEPAD Agency Nigeria and the NEPAD Continental Office, South Africa, have sued for the collaboration of all stakeholder to maximise involvement and improvement in the sector for job-creation and economic growth on the African continent.

This was agreed at the National Secretariat of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), Lagos.

Speaking at a Summit, the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Agency Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, said her agency would be repositioned to coordinate and drive all the programmes of NEPAD Continental Office in Nigeria, shall witness the active participation and involvement of such stakeholder organisations as the Nigerian Trawlers’ Owners Association(NITOA), the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON); the Department of Fisheries of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the University of Lagos; Lagos State University as well as the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology.

Also part of  the collaboration are the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research and the African Eco-labelling Mechanism (AEM). Others include African Standards Organisation(ARSO); the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); as well as the Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO) of the United Nations; ECOWAS and others.